Distinguished Journalist and Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) Director General (DG) Shah Alamgir passed away at city’s Combined Military Hospital (CMH) around 10.10 am on Thursday.
He was 62, family sources said, reports BSS.
President M Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Law Minister Anisul Haque and Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud mourned the death of Shah Alamgir.
In separate condolence messages, they expressed deep shock and sorrow at his death and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.
Shah Alamgir was undergoing treatment for various diseases including diabetic and admitted to CMH on February 21 when he fell sick. Later, he was transferred to ICU (Incentive Care Unit) following deterioration of his condition on 22 February last.
Alamgir is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter, a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
The first namaj-e-janaza of Shah Alamgir was held at his residence in city’s Goran area after Johr prayers. Later, his body was taken to his workplace (PIB) where the second namaj-e-janaja was held.
The third namaj-e-janaza of eminent journalist and Director General of Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) Shah Alamgir was held at Jatiya Press Club at 3pm on the day.
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Awami League (AL) Organising Secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Ministry Hasanul Haq Inu, lawmaker Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman, AL Deputy Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, Information Secretary Abdul Malek, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Managing Director and Chief Editor Abul Kalam Azad and journalist leader Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury attended the janaza. AL Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil was present on the occasion.
Besides, leaders of JPC, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and journalists, PIB colleagues, friends, relatives and admirers joined the funeral prayer, among others.
He was buried at Uttara Graveyard (sector 12) following his fourth namaj-e-janaja there.
Alamgir’s journalism career started from his student life through joining the first child-teen weekly Kishore Bangla. He worked as co-editor here from 1980 to 1984. Then he worked with Dainik Janata, Banglar Bani, Daily Azad and Daily Sangbad. He was involved with Bangla daily Prothom Alo from November 1, 1998 to September 2001, he served as joint editor.
Then he started working on television media. After that, he worked Channel I as Chief News Editor, Ekushey Television as Head of News, Jamuna Television as Director (News), and Maasranga Television as Head of the news.
Along with journalism Alamgir served as president and general secretary of Dhaka Union of Journalists.